December Better Together Newsletter

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Support Local This Holiday Season!



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Board President, Mark Schuh December 2021 Chamber Update - Watch Now!

From the desk of the executive director We are excited to end this year with a bang! This year during Shop Small Saturday I had the pleasure of surprising local shoppers throughout Sheboygan County with free Chamber Cash as they were patronizing our local business members. It was great fun to visit so many members and bring smiles to shoppers faces. $1,000 in Chamber Cash was given away and we are hoping for an even larger giveaway in 2022. Deidre Martinez We are preparing for our Economic Outlook Breakfast on January 20, 2022 and need your help. We’ve launched the Economic Outlook Survey but want to make sure that your voice is heard. Have you participated in the survey? Click here to complete the survey now!

We are also thrilled for the Chamber Champions Gala 2022 and to celebrate 2021 successes on February 10th, 2022, at the illustrious Osthoff Resort. Please be sure to nominate and remember you can nominate more than one business and more than one category. New category this year, MVP of the Team! If you have an employee that has really gone above and beyond, given more than 100% and really made an impact on your team this year, be sure to nominate them. Submit your nominations here!


12.01.21 NON-PROFIT 12.02.21 SAFETY


HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS 12.23.21 - 12.31.21

Chamber Office Closed To Public


Chamber Office Resumes

Every Small Purchase Makes a Big Difference! As we look forward to the holidays and the new year…who’s ready for 2022? We want to again remind you how important it is to keep Sheboygan County dollars local. This holiday season and every holiday season, it is more important than ever that we lift our local businesses and keep our dollars right here, in our Sheboygan County communities. Don’t wait for shipping disasters or back orders. Visit our many wonderful shops throughout Sheboygan County and take your gifts home the same day. We have some phenomenal retailers, restaurants and service providers to patronize. So, as you begin your holiday shopping journey, remember to keep it local and let’s keep our hard-earned dollars right here in Sheboygan County. Sheboygan County Chamber Cash is available! If you are not sure what to buy for your loved ones this year, call our office and order some Chamber Cash. The Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce injects roughly $750,000 annually into our local economy through our Chamber Cash program. This is a no fees attached way to keep our dollars local and support more than 200 Chamber Cash recipients throughout the County. Are you interested in accepting Chamber Cash? There is no fee to participate, give the Chamber office a call and we’ll get you all set up. The Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing value to our members, increasing economic vitality and the well-being of the business climate in Sheboygan County through providing opportunities in Professional Development, Relationship Building, Governmental Affairs, Workforce Development and Young Professional Development. We are truly Better Together! Happy Holidays Sheboygan County Chamber Members! Wishing all of you and your families a wonderful, healthy holiday season! - Deidre Martinez


News from THE DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP & workforce DEVELOPMENT I hope everyone had a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving! As we turn our attention to December and the Holiday season, let’s all make sure we frequent our wonderful local businesses for those perfect Christmas gifts. Don’t forget you can purchase Chamber Cash at Festival Foods or your Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce. It’s real money, and you can find shopping destinations on the back of the Chamber Cash Document. Stop in at a local restaurant for some delicious food and beverage after shopping. Make this Holiday season your best ever! If you’re interested in recording a “Meet a Member” video, don’t hesitate, contact me today. Tell the community all about yourself, your business and have fun with your opportunity. If you’ve caught any of our videos on Friday mornings, we don’t have any fun at all lol! Explore Your Future will be here soon and I’m still looking for job cluster Scott Kuehn representatives to engage with over 1,300 seventh & eighth graders coming to LTC over a two-day time frame. The dates are January 12 and 13, and we are looking for professionals to share their journey to success. If you are interested in participating, please contact me or Julie Frausto from INSPIRE Sheboygan at We can fill you in on the details and time commitment. You’ll find it to be a very rewarding experience, and you’ll have fun too! Some things to think about as we move into 2022: •

Deep Dive opportunities are a great way to meet new Chamber members and their respective businesses and gain referrals in the process. Every member is from a different business sector, so no two members are alike in any one group! Who do you want to do business with? People you know and trust of course. Join a Deep Dive today! Check out a short video at to learn more about Deep Dives.

Roundtables are a terrific way to meet others within your business sector. Whether it’s Human Resources, Sales & Marketing, Not for Profit, and others, you’re sure to learn something from your peers. These peer-to-peer networking groups can help any one of your employees, or yourself, accelerate your learning curve, and minimize potential setbacks within your organization. Our own John Rogers does an outstanding job keeping each group on task, and always shares his own wealth of knowledge. Contact and join a Roundtable today!

Check out the chamber calendar at and make sure you mark 2022 for all new events coming up this year. It is sure to be an exciting and rewarding new year!

Have a terrific month, celebrate with family, friends and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions, or just want to meet for a cup of coffee and chat. Everyone have a very Merry Christmas and a very safe, prosperous and Happy New Year! #KeepItRealSheboyganCounty!


Molly, Coastal YPN Liaison Happy December! I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and you ate yourself into your stretchy pants! Around this time, I feel it is very important to acknowledege everything and everyone in our lives. I am very thankful for a Chamber Community that is supportive and kind to one another. Everyone always asks why I chose to stay in Sheboygan and my answer is always the people. So, thank you all for bringing positive energy and smiles into our office. It truly brightens our day! Our Coastal Community is ever-growing, and we need your help! Do you know Molly Talaska someone who would be a good fit in our network? Do you know someone looking to get more involved in the Young Professional community? We are looking for more people to join our network as well as add new input to your YP Committee. We are looking to add three more motivated people to our committee and bring in fresh ideas to continue to attract and retain young professionals to boost Sheboygan County. If you know someone or have someone in mind that would be interested, please send them my way! I am happy to meet for lunch, coffee or even a cocktail to discuss what being on the committee would entail. May you all have a happy and healthy holiday, and I will see you in the new year! Cheers Chamber nation!

MEET veronica valdez, reception and member services! I am eager for a transition from Health and Safety Consulting to Reception and Member Services with the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce. I am excited to be the first face our guests and members see when they walk through the door. I am also here to serve our existing members with Chamber Master assistance. Lastly, I will continue to serve on our YP Committee and can’t wait for 2022’s events. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop on in and say, “Hello!” When I am not working, I truly enjoy spending time with family and friends, and “playing outside.” As a Sheboygan native I have had the privilege to enjoy our fresh water and beautiful sunrises. You can catch me paddle boarding and kayaking. I am looking forward to snowboarding szn, along with hitting our local trails for some good ole cross country skiing and snowshoeing.


Veronica Valdez

athena leadership awards luncheon recipients announced in november The Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the 2021 ATHENA Leadership Award recipients! This year’s ATHENA Leadership Awards Luncheon took place at Blue Harbor Resort. Over 150 people attended to celebrate nominated individuals from the Sheboygan area who exemplify strong leadership qualities and forge paths of leadership for women to follow. The ATHENA Leadership Award fulfills ATHENA International’s mission to support, develop and honor women leaders, inspire women to achieve their full potential and create balance in leadership worldwide.

2021 athena leadership recipient

top 5 athena leadership

Erika Owens

Owner/Chiropractor, Grounded Roots Chiropractic

David Gallianetti

Director of External Relations, Lakeland University

Laurie Mueller

MGR of Women & Infant Services, HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital

Laura Kohler

SVP HR, Stewardship & Sustainability, Kohler Co.

Sarah Ruiz-Harrison

Branch Manager, Fox Communities Credit Union

Le’Shay Guy

Director of Student Diversity, Equity, & Belonging Initiatives/Asst. Director of Ulrich Center, Lakeland University


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save the date & submit your nominations


november in review

First Friday Forum with Senator Ron Johnson

Focal Point with Leslie Laster Associate Director of Diversity & Inclusion

Vibe @ Five & Ribbon Cutting with Jacobs Financial Solutions

Pop’s Burger & Pizza House Ribbon Cutting


Save the dates!

January 20, 2022

February 10, 2022

Economic Outlook Breakfast & Annual Meeting

Chamber Champions Gala


County Chamber


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